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In Search of 5000-Year Old Civilization in Nader Tepe


16 July 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Discovery of the defensive wall of a military fortress in Nader Tepe historical site, in Ardabil province, has raised new hopes for archeologists to find residential areas belonging to different periods of time in this area.

Initial excavations in Nader Tepe historical site revealed that this area must have been used as a settlement area from the third millennium BCE, to the beginnings of the post-Sasanian period in 651 CE.

“After two weeks of stratigraphy works in this historical hill, we succeeded in discovering a defensive wall which is the remains of a military fortress belonging to the post-Sasanian period,” said Karim Alizadeh, head of excavation team in Nader Tepe historical site.

Alizadeh believes that this historical site may provide archeologists some important information about different layers of civilization in this part of Iran. “Nader Tepe is one of the few historical sites in northwestern Iran which contains evidence of continual settlement belonging to different historical periods,” added Alizadeh.

According to Alizadeh, only the layers belonging to the post-Sasanian period have been excavated and studied so far. “We are hopping to reach to some more ancient layers with the continuation of our archeological excavations in this historical site. We will do our best to finish the stratigraphy studies within the first season; however, we will have to extent the period for another season for carrying out archeological excavations in this historical site,” explained Alizadeh.

Nader Tepe, which according to some historical texts is known to have a relation with the Nader Shah’s investiture, the founder of Afsharid dynasty in 1736, is a rich archeological site in Ardabil province, locating close to the border of Iran and the former province of Arran, today known as the Republic of Azerbaijan








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